THIERRY SCHERZ PRIZE
Sponsored by the Pro Scientia et Arte Foundation and the Friends of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
One of the main goals of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad has always been to give young talents a chance, to help and guide them, reason for which, from the very start, the festival included into its programme a series of concerts given in the Gstaad chapel by promising young musicians of different nationalities playing the same instrument.
Every year, this Prize aims to reward one of these young musicians with the opportunity of recording a CD with an orchestra, produced by Claves Records, ensuring a wide distribution.
This Prize gives the laureate experience with microphones, collaboration with a conductor, with orchestra musicians, an artistic director, sound engineers… and finally the joy of an extensive distribution.
Our laureates’ success reminds us of the importance of supporting a promising career in its early days. We offer our sincere thanks to our sponsors who enable us to continue in this direction.
The Thierry Scherz Prize is an homage to the co-founder and artistic director of the Festival.
For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goudling has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record and has blossomed from “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) 13-year-old soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post).
Caroline’s 2016-2017 season launches with the summer 2016 release of her first new recording since the GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping debut released on Telarc in 2009, when the violinist was just 16. Caroline’s recital album with pianist Danae Dörken on the ARS label includes works by Schumann, Enescu, and Dvorák. Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a recital at New York’s Steinway Hall in September 2016. Orchestral engagements this season include Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Stamford Symphony in the US. In Europe, Caroline will perform in Lucerne, Stuttgart, Gstaad, Freiburg, and throughout Germany in recital with Danae Dörken.
Since that 2006 Cleveland Orchestra debut, Caroline has gone on to appear as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Alabama, Florida, the National Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has also appeared extensively in Europe and Asia with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and she has performed as a chamber musician as part of the Marlboro Music Festival.
Widely recognized by the classical music world’s most distinguished artists and institutions for her “vibrant and intensely musical,” playing (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Caroline was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, and she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship in 2009. She has also garnered significant attention from music and mainstream press appearing on NBC’s Today, MARTHA and Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón. Caroline has also been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, From the Top, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Caroline has studied with Christian Tetzlaff, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.
The Bernese Symphony Orchestra can look back on a 140-year tradition as orchestra in the capitol city of Switzerland. With its nearly 100 musicians from over 20 different nations, the symphony orchestra is unified under the umbrella “Konzert Theater Bern” along with the opera, drama, and dance divisions of the theater. At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, the position of head conductor of the BSO was taken over by Swiss Mario Venzago. Among his predecessors are counted Andrey Boreyko, Dmitrij Kitajenko, and Peter Maag. Notable guest conductors, such as Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, as well as more recently, Eliahu Inbal, Sir Neville Marriner, Eiji Oue, Jun Märkl, and Michael Sanderling have also left and continue to leave their marks on the orchestra. World-class soloists like Joshua Bell, Sol Gabetta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Fazil Say, Mischa Maisky, or Jean-Yves Thibaudet, as well as young classical stars like Kit Armstrong, Lise de la Salle, or Christoph Croisé see to it that the good reputation of the Bernese Symphony Orchestra transmits well beyond the country’s borders. This leads to regular invitations inside and outside of Switzerland, such as the May 2017 tour of China.
Along with its symphony concerts and opera productions, the orchestra puts an equal importance on reaching a broad audience through a variety of concert formats such as seat-cushion, brunch, and late night concerts. A special highlight of this kind is the open-air concert at the Bundesplatz. The musicians of the orchestra can also unfold their musical passion and energy on chamber music, solo, and educational contributions. The Bernese Symphony Orchestra, which has recently experienced its own generational change, defines itself through unusual programming and does not shy away from the challenge of taking on world premieres. On the contrary, the promotion of contemporary composers has been a labor of love for the orchestra and head conductor Mario Venzago for some time.
A characteristic energy and excitement emanates from the Bernese Symphony Orchestra making every concert a special event !